I was compensated with lodging for this post. All opinions are my own.
It’s summer vacation time! The weather is warmer and outdoors are calling… where is your family headed?
Our family was SO lucky to be able to visit the Wilderness Resort! It was truly the perfect getaway for our family. The resort is literally overflowing with adventure, activities, and family time. There is seriously no need to leave the resort, which is my favorite kind of vacation. No need to spend time (and extra money) planning excursions around town… Stay in, and stay happy! Before I share our experience, let me give you a bit of a background about the Wilderness Resort.
Wilderness Hotel is just one lodging option at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells! Located on 600 acres in Wisconsin Dells, we are America’s largest waterpark resort! Wilderness Hotel offers diverse lodging options including: guest rooms, villas, condominiums and cabins. Waterpark passes are included with your stay, and are exclusively for the use of our registered guests!
Klondike Kavern Indoor Waterpark offers over 65,000 square feet of nonstop indoor waterpark fun for all ages. There are thrill rides like the popular Hurricane, daring tube and body slides along with a lazy river, indoor/outdoor hot spa and the towering Bonanza Bluff play feature with a dumping bucket, water blasters and slides.
A 70,000-square-foot indoor waterpark that features a see-though-roof that bathes the entire park in natural light and actually allows guests to tan (and tropical plants to flourish) all year long! The Wild WaterDome is home to the Great Wave (America’s largest indoor wave pool!) the Dueling Mammoths family raft rides, and Mini Mammoths Cove play area!
Our biggest indoor waterpark, the Wild West spans over 70,000 square feet! There are thrill rides like the Black Hole and Fantastic Voyage, plus twisting tube and body slides, Ransack Ridge play area, voted #1 kids’ play area in the USA TODAY 10 Best poll in 2015! With dumping bucket, Bumper Boats and an indoor/outdoor hot spa.
Wilderness on the Lake’s indoor waterpark offers a sport pool with basketball hoops and a lily-pad rope challenge. Plus there is a zero-depth spray and play feature with slides, geysers and water blasters for the little ones. Take a soak in our indoor/outdoor hot spa that looks out over Lake Delton.
This enormous outdoor adventure waterpark spans 3.2 acres and is located at Glacier Canyon Lodge! It’s home to the Cosmic Drop and Lunar Loop drop-slides plus Halley’s Comet Mat Racer Slides! The Lost World Adventure River, an interactive lazy river ride, takes guests on tubes from lazy river sections, up and downhill and through raging rapids. There are three hot spas and several pools with activities like basketball hoops, a lily pad obstacle walk, and small slides. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Wilderness on the Lake outdoor water features offer the perfect setting for a beautiful sunny day. Kick back and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Delton, splash around in the little kids zero-depth play area or indulge yourself in the Vanishing Edge Lagoon infinity pool or the indoor/outdoor hot spa. Take the stairs down to play on the resort’s private sandy beach too! Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Along with these amazing waterparks, the Wilderness Resort also includes:
- Wild Rock Golf Club
- The Woods 9-Hole Family Course
- Dodge ‘Em City; Timberland Play Park, a 3,000 square foot, four story adventure with ball blasters, slides and crawl spaces
- OK Corral Lazer Arena and Lazer Maze
- The Wild Abyss and Wild Buccaneer indoor 3-D black light mini golf courses
- Indoor Bumper Boats
- Indoor Go-Karts
- Multiple arcades
- Wisconsin’s first canopy zip line tour
- Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course
- Outdoor Jurassic mini golf
- Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar, an adults-only, indoor/outdoor pool.
- Wisconsin’s first canopy zip line tour
- Outdoor Go-Karts and Kiddy-Karts
- 600 wooded acres
- Wilderness on the Lake which features 108 luxurious two and three bedroom condominium units overlooking Lake Delton; and Glacier Canyon Lodge, which features 460 upscale condominium units.
- Four indoor and four outdoor waterparks that total nearly 500,000 square feet – that’s over 12 football fields of extreme water fun!
- Many dining options are available at Wilderness Territory, including The Wild Canyon Cafe, a family-style restaurant, Thirsty Buffalo Saloon, Survivor’s Bar & Grill and a wide variety of grab and go options at various waterparks and coffee shops.
- The Wilderness is easily accessible from Interstate 90 and 94, and located just minutes from popular attractions such as Dells Boat Tours, the Original Wisconsin Ducks, Tommy Bartlett Show and Exploratory, Ho-Chunk Casino and Outlets at the Dells.
There are two BRAND NEW features at the Wilderness Resort as well!
Midwest’s first state-of-the-art, interactive Slideboarding systems in its Klondike Kavern Indoor Waterpark. The Slideboards, which resemble surfboards with handles, offer a real life gaming experience within a water slide. An app of the ride is also available for smartphones and tablets so guests can learn how the ride works before they arrive and continue to have fun with the app long after they return from their vacations.
Riders use controllers, located on the Slideboard’s handles, to push colored buttons that match flashing lights they are passing under. If it is done correctly, a rider gets the maximum amount of points and the handles of their Slideboard will vibrate to alert the rider of their bullseye accuracy. A leaderboard in the waterpark lets guests see how they did and where they rank against other riders. As riders get better at Slideboarding, new and challenging levels are unlocked.
Two Room Escapes by DOA
These room escapes offer an interactive, mind-intensive experience where up to 12 people are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to strategize as a team how to decipher clues, decrypt codes, and interpret riddles to escape. They examine visual props to unlock a series of padlocks of which, the ultimate lock, will hold the “key” to the participants’ freedom.
The two Room Escapes by D.O.A., The Hotel and The Basement, are based upon a series of real-life incidents that occurred during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The Hotel, which opened in December, features a recreation of its lobby and is layered with puzzles and clues to help visitors find their way out before time is up. The Basement will feature a darker theme that inspires urgency and introduces confusion as participants navigate the clues while spontaneous audio and visual objects invade their senses.
“Escape Rooms are hugely popular right now all over the United States and have been featured on the Today Show, Big Bang Theory and even the Bachelorette,” said Chris Ebben, Wilderness Resort attractions director. “They offer a fun, challenging environment that encourages you to work closely with your whole team, learning and using each other’s strengths. We are really excited to introduce this fun concept to Wisconsin Dells.”